A new “Ugliest Dog” champion has been crowned in California on Friday. Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix from New Jersey took first place. The new winner was almost euthanized by its breeder because “she thought he was too ugly to sell.” Karen Quigley rescued him and now Elwood returned the favor by winning the $1000 prize.
More on Elwood and his owner after the jump.
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Elwood, dark colored and hairless — save for a Mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head — is often referred to as “Yoda,” or “ET,” for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.
“I think he’s the cutest thing that ever lived,” said Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.
Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood placed second last year.